Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award in Flexible Automation was presented to A. Galip Ulsoy at the 2014 International Symposium on Flexible Automation held on Awaji Island in Japan. This prestigious international award is presented once every two years to an investigator who has significantly contributed to the field of flexible automation. The Symposium was founded in 1986 and the awards were first introduced in 1998. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Systems, Control, and Information Engineers sponsor the event. The term “flexible automation” is synonymous with the automation technologies required to meet the transforming needs of modern manufacturing, and includes industrial robotics.